Our school is looking for parents to join us on our Westshore Parent Advisory Council! We meet on the last Wednesday of each month virtually with no fundraising responsibilities! The PAC has an incredibly positive impact on the students of Westshore Secondary!
If interested, or would like more information, please reach out to our Vice Principal John Lyall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the June 28 SD62 Board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the renaming of Westshore Centre for Training & Learning to Westshore Secondary School specifically for our Colwood & Sooke campuses. This is huge for our students, staff, and families as it’s another step in the renewal of identity for us.
During this past year the students, staff, and families have been involved in the renewal of our identity focused on both the school name and also the symbol or “mascot” which represents us. Below is also a thumbnail of our new logo which was co-created by students and local Indigenous artist Jamin Zuroski.
A formal “unveiling” is in the planning stages as we look towards an event in early October to recognize the change and efforts of the school community and Indigenous partners who have worked collaboratively in support of this renewal.
The current Westshore Centre for Training & Learning (Langford) will continue to operate as our hub for Online learning and Continuing Ed (Adult Ed) for the 22-23 school year as our District continues to review our current program status.
Media Release – April 20, 2022
Take a Hike Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of our newest location in partnership with the Sooke School District. Take a Hike’s unique adventure and mental health program will open at the Westshore Colwood campus and will serve the communities of Colwood, Langford, Highlands, Metchosin, in addition to Sooke and west to Port Renfrew.
Take a Hike’s new partnership with Sooke School District will join our network of existing Take a Hike programs on Vancouver Island which include communities in Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley, and Saanich.
Take a Hike empowers youth who experience vulnerability to change the trajectory of their lives with a full-time mental health and emotional well-being program embedded in an alternate education classroom. Take a Hike engages youth with intentional, continuous clinical counselling, outdoor experiential learning, and community. In Take a Hike, youth build strong relationships and gain the skills and resilience they need to graduate high school and achieve success however they define it.
In the Take a Hike program, 3 out of 4 youth reported improved:
- Feelings of belonging and safety in Take a Hike
- Satisfaction with life and feelings of hope
- Closeness with their peers and a good friend to talk to
- Gains in mental health and well-being – even with the on-going pandemic
“Mental health and substance use are tied to our general social, economic, and physical well-being. Without good physical health, a safe place to live, good food to eat, and people who love and care about us, it is hard to remain mentally healthy in the long term. Similarly, it is difficult to do well at school or work, and have strong bonds with our friends and family, when we are struggling with our mental health or substance use challenges. Take a Hike understands this and is elated to partner with the Sooke School District to provide our life-changing program to youth on Vancouver Island who could benefit the most.” – Gordon Matchett, Take a Hike CEO
“We’re excited to partner with Take a Hike Foundation due to the impact this outdoor experiential program can have in providing adventure learning, leadership opportunities, and clinical support for at-promise students in our communities,” said Jim Lamond, District Principal of Pathways & Choice at the Sooke School District. “Data analysis shows that Take a Hike has had a tremendous impact for many youth in communities throughout our province by using engaging experiential learning as a platform and a multidisciplinary curriculum to support a pathway to graduation. Considering the success of our current outdoor programs such as Nature K & Outdoor Education in Sooke District Schools is having and our proximity to land and water, the opportunities this partnership will provide will undoubtedly impact the lives of the students and families we serve.” – Jim Lamond, District Principal, Pathways & Choice.
About Take a Hike Foundation
Take a Hike empowers youth who experience vulnerability to change the trajectory of their lives with a full-time mental health and emotional well-being program embedded in an alternate education classroom. Take a Hike engages youth with intentional, continuous clinical counselling, outdoor experiential learning, and community. Our public school district partners provide high quality education, and together, we empower youth with the skills and resilience they need to graduate high school, build healthy relationships, and achieve success – however they define it. Take a Hike Foundation is a registered Canadian charity currently serving the Lower Mainland, West Kootenays and Vancouver Island.
Dear Westshore Students and Parents,
We’re pleased to let you know that MyEd BC’s Family Portal is now live in the Sooke School District. At this time, only middle and secondary schools are opening parent access in MyEd. If you have children in secondary, middle and or elementary schools, you will only have access to your middle and secondary student’s information in MyEd.
We are implementing the family portal so parents, teachers, and administrators can work together to communicate more effectively and efficiently.
What is MyEdBC?
MyEdBC is a secured online portal used by most school districts in BC. Security is guided by BC’s School Act and FIPPA. In the Portal, parents can:
- Check attendance
- Ensure contact information is up to date
- See assessments/grade information/transcripts
- View report Cards and summary of Progress Reports
To access the portal, please see the following instruction manual: Instruction Manual
Westshore Staff & Administration